Our Buddhist Sanga Are Spiritually Exhausted

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By Shyamon Jayasinghe -

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“All great truths are based on blasphemies”- Bernard Shaw

From the year 590 to 1517 the Roman Catholic Church had dominated the Western World.  Securely entrenched in power the pope and the priests had successfully brainwashed an ignorant population to accept everything the hierarchy did. Having got this power and hold over its followers the Church unleashed a regime of corruption that was designed to pamper the senses of the Holy Rulers. This was a period when the Catholic Church was absolutely sick. The eventual recovery came during the period of the reformation that saw revolt from the bungled and the botched below who couldn’t tolerate the developments any longer. Until that liberation the people did have a hard time. I begin to wonder if similar developments are now taking place in the Buddha sasana of Sri Lanka.

It may be instructive for us to recall the full scale of corruption in the Church of the Middle Ages. This will serve as an analogy for the contemporary Buddhist situation in Lanka and help us in properly modelling the possible size of the trend that’s on now over there.

The root of the corruption in the church was a conveniently enabling ideological theory concocted by the pope. In the 14th century Pope Boniface the v11 declared: ”we declare, state define and pronounce that for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pope is altogether necessary for salvation (Caper, The Church in History). People followed suite on the theological basis that the Pope was God’s representative on earth. What more, but to do or die? Those who disobeyed were damned Salvation.

“Salvation, taken from the hands of God, fell into those of the priests, who set themselves in the place of our Lord. Souls thirsting for pardon were no more to look to heaven, but to the Church, and above all to its pretended head. To these blinded souls the Roman pontiff was God. Hence the greatness of the popes – hence unutterable abuses” (D’aubigne).

Among the myriad corrupt practices introduced was the system of indulgences that prevailed whereby the church could grant individual forgiveness for any sin by charging the offender a fee “Incest, if not detected, was to cost five groats; and six, if it was known. There was a stated price for murder, infanticide, adultery, perjury, burglary, etc. ‘O disgrace of Rome!’ exclaims Claude d’Espence, a Roman divine: and we may add, O disgrace of human nature! For we can utter no reproach against Rome that does not recoil on man himself. Rome is human nature exalted in some of its worst propensities” (D’aubigne

Celibacy for clergy became Roman Church law in 1079. This mandate tempted all kinds of immorality. The abodes of the clergy were often dens of corruption. It was a common sight to see priests frequenting the taverns, gambling, and having orgies with quarrels and blasphemy. Many of the clergy kept mistresses, and convents became houses of ill fame. In many places the people were delighted at seeing a priest keep a mistress, that the married women might be safe from his seductions.

“In many places the priest paid the bishop a regular tax for the women with whom he lived, and for each child he had by her. A German bishop said publically one day, at a great entertainment, that in one year eleven thousand priests had presented themselves before him for that purpose. It is Erasmus who relates this” (D’aubigne).

Crossing over to the present scene in Lanka let us remind ourselves that there is an ideological root here, too, inasmuch as there was a theological root for the church’s corruption. That ideology is that the sanga are the ultimate saviours of the Buddhist Sinhala nation. The sanga bears a prime responsibility to go to the streets, and to do what they think is right just in order to “save” our nation. The nation or ‘jathiya ‘here is the Sinhala and the ‘aagama’ or religion is just one-Buddhism. This ideological root flows from the great con in the Mahawamsa that journalist Sharmini Serasinghe so eloquently explained to CT readers. The call to ‘rata, jathiya, aagama” is a reflection of the Mahawanse myth. It is totally out of line to the reality of the multicultural Sri Lankan social fabric we have today. It contradicts the workplace experiences of young men and women in Lanka.

Besides this ideological root, one observes that our politicians keep manipulating their electorate by using these saffron saviours. This compares well with the politicians of the Middle Ages who similarly exploited the powerful priests in order to keep themselves in power even as second fiddle to the priestly order. The politico-religious combination is deadly dynamite. The installation of monks in parliament on a legitimate basis began seriously with the UPFA regime. Most of these parliamentary clergy have little qualms about partaking in every power and perk dished out to them by lay politicians in the political partnership- cars; luxury houses; and often playing the role of power brokers or lobbyists for big business and so on.

We remember how the politico-sanga axis had been first formed under SWRD’s misguided xenophobic parochialism. The power of the sanga as power broker was then symbolized by Buddha Rakkhita who ended up in jail over the murder of SWRD. The public emotional outcry had been so great then that for many a decade a monk was not seen on the political stage, The nexus was revived by the Mahinda Rajapakse during his election campaign for presidency. While Rajapakse survives on the ideological belief that he (single-handed) “saved” the country from the Tiger terrorism the political clout of the monk thrives on the Mahawanse myth. The hold of power is founded on myth.

The vast mass of the Buddhist population would say little against abusive monks for one reason, namely that they respect the saffron cloth or sivura. Oftentimes, we cling to the self-delusive myth that the sivura has to be respected even if its wearer is a scoundrel. Didn’t we see how some religious folk worshipped the London Sangha Nayake just before the latter was cast into jail for sexually abusing a child? The court heard the minor say how the monk had dragged her to the inner sanctum of the temple and penetrated her with one painful force ‘like the shaft of a knife’ right in the presence of the Buddha image. A similar incident had taken place in Perth some time ago. Another one recently in Sri Lanka. What happens daily in Lanka is quickly shelved before reaching authorities. Even if it reaches authorities (like the ganja case) it is disregarded by an immaculately independent justice system!

If you think that the above were isolated instances just take a look at the body language of politically protesting monks in Colombo today. Didn’t you see the video of the attack on a church when a monk simply threw a stone and tried to surreptitiously hide his gruesome act? I once witnessed a young monk walking out of a video parlour in Bamabalapitiya with something under his arm. As I walked in to rent-out a video the shop owner told me that that monk had carried away a porno video!

The unfortunate thing is that unlike in the case of the church there is no hierarchy controlling or disciplining monks. Such a control is inimical to the freedom in Buddhism. However, all Buddhists should be alerted to ensure that our Sanga will not take the full course of the path of corruption outlined above in the study case of the church of the Middle Ages. In the last analysis it is only an alert population that could save any institution. Such an alert population significantly exists in the developed West so that lesser pranks are seen from church personnel today. Will a Lankan socially conscious elite grow up and initiate a similar Reformation in the sanga? High time it did.

In a lot of what I have stated above I may be accused of blasphemy but accusers beware of the Bernard Shaw quote. To cleanse and clean a wound one must have the wound exposed in the full light of the day.

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134 Responses to Our Buddhist Sanga Are Spiritually Exhausted

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    Most members of our bhikkhu sangha are spiritually hollow. They have not grasped the essence of Buddhism. They are largely responsible for exacerbating the ethnic issue in the country. It is a pity our Sinhala Buddhists are yet realize this truth!

    Saman Wijesiri
    January 23, 2014 at 12:03 am
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    Ref Malinda Seneviratne’s post of 22/1 at 6.03 pm Thanks 1. My idea was to present the historical facts relating to corruption in the Christian fold at its worst period in order to employ that as a model(ref WICKREAMASIRI posting above). This was the period of the monolithic RC Church. The non-RC brands appeared along with the Reformation as stated by me. Corruption still holds in the latter denominations but they pale before the extreme manifestations during the Middle Ages; especially so with the rejection of celibacy among many non-RC faiths. 2. I have given my religious position in my comment above. Man doesn’t need a religion of any sort to live a good life; religion has done more evil than good. 3. My interest is in the sociology of religion. Read Max Weber

    Shyamon Jayasinghe
    January 23, 2014 at 1:45 am
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    Hey Malinda. You are jealous when praise is showered on Sharmini Serasinghe by Jayasinghe. She is widely read because she is a principled journalist who has an elegant style. See how few read your articles. Readers know you are a bootlicker of the High King of high corruption.

    Prem Vaidyaratne
    January 23, 2014 at 9:09 am
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    Malinda why don’t you become journalist for Hirunika? Maru neh!

    lalitha
    January 23, 2014 at 10:07 am
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    Horrors of LTTE are unforgettable. Now the petty crimes of others take importance. That is silly. Catholic Church still part of the LTTE and un punished. Those who support LTTE and UNP talk about Human rights. It is very funny. Now the Mahinda brothers chased out the coolies of the WHITE Christians without making any foot hold in Sri lanka. But the wealthy white christians are not fazed and continue to intimidate Mahinda to change his direction.

    M.Sivananthan
    January 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm
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    Hi Shyoman, Thank you for your reply. Do appreciate it much. I read the full article. What I say is your Article is regarding Monks(Buddhism),Yet if you take the article almost 90% of the article is about Christianity garbage which happened back 500BC & its 10% about the monks. Now in your reply you say, Quote “I am an essentially non-religious person. I like Buddhist philosophy (not B/religion) if rebirth is taken away from it”, Unquote, Now which means you are saying you like only Buddhist Philosophy & not Buddhism… This is absolutely a questionable remark. It’s that you are like a politician. Now all I can think of without all reasonable doubts, you are either a politician or a man who had closely worked or associated with politicians in Sri Lanka. To me it’s a very cunning statement. To me personally it is very evident, This article you have written by you as a Buddhist & as a politician. I think in respect of all faiths & Religions, we should not talk & mix up all religions when we have to address the garbage of one particular religion. in this scenario it is Monks & Buddhism. it would have been certainly better had you had focused entirely on Buddhism & monks rather diluting this article of yours with any other faith. You as writer, I am sure there are plenty of events that you can take out from Buddhism to explain & prove your point. As a matter of fact even Gautama left & abandoned his own child & wife to attain Nirvana. I wonder what would people say in this present moment when a father or a mother abandon a child & go to attain Nirvana??. Firstly the government will ask the parent to pay child support before he/she attain Nirvana. Am I correct???? Currently the situation in sri lanka is very sensitive. Specially for those who do not believe Buddhism. Their life’s are in danger becouse of the radical buddhist laymen & Monks. So I think you should be very careful when you publish these articles. You are very well aware what the Majority of the Monks, the Buddhist, the Buddhist government did for the Tamils in 1983… They massacred them broad day light. Last but not least, even thoe I don’t believe any religion, Philosophy or faith, I like those who follow Christianity (Now here I emphasize the people, Unlike you say the philosophy & not religion). I find majority of Christian followers are very kind, generous, forgiving, no jealousy & mostly happy people. There is certainly a difference than any other. Buddhist & Buddhist monks do go all over the Christian countries & build temples, practices their philosophy without any resentment nor objection, but in sri lanka they burn Churches & assault Christians. I am neither Christian nor a Buddhist. I don’t believe any religion or philosophy. I don’t give hoots about any religion & I have no time this crap. My relegion & philosophy is to enjoy life.

    Mario De Silva
    January 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm
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      “As a matter of fact even Gautama left & abandoned his own child & wife to attain Nirvana.” Who is?? Are you fiction man that you are telling even the Japanese that there was someone. There is noting on earth to prove that he existed even in 400CE at Lumbini or anywhere else. You american then you should know 50% is seeing. Go see you would become a millioner overnight if you find. and you believe in your bestality breed via vijaya. Show me Vijaya son of Asoka the Mad on any thorana at patna. Dont ever try to evade the subject by trying to teach me grammer. Find before quoting. Religion is Opium for the stupid masses. That exactly is the reason that the Hindu kings created a buddha and at the same time the chinese copied it.

      Javi
      January 25, 2014 at 10:51 am
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        Only artifact available is at the British M- 300BC from Afganistan but does not say Gautama existed. His mother conveniently went missing and the Japas are still digging at Lumbini top find a temple in a name(idealist gone crazy)Neither does the Bo tree resemble 2600 years offshoot- it is in the Hindu kingdom everyone is watching please show we gave it to you- i spent 20 years looking for it from Afghanistan to China (Loyang) Tao- 6th Centenary BCE —mountain Confucius 550BCE —Sea The whole world is a copy.

        Javi
        January 25, 2014 at 10:59 am
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    “My relegion & philosophy is to enjoy life.” Mario,Lord Bhuddha said that life is suffering.Are you honest with us when you say that you are enjoying life.Tell us whether you are not having any problems at the moment and are free from any burdens and worries.The only way to enjoy life permanently and not fleetingly like a passing cloud is to dump the material world we have landed into and enter the spiritual one.Then you can concentrate without any distractions,and cleanse your mind,like cleaning a room of all the cobwebs and dirt. Then you will have mental peace which is the precursor to permanent happiness unlike the temporary happiness we may get with material things.

    shankar
    January 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    Mario was angry with SJ for giving details of Christian corruption. Now he/she says she is not having a religion! Why is he a coward ? Why cannot he continue to defend his religion. Shame Mario

    Reerie Yaka
    January 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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      Your opinion is a typical buddhist opinion. I am ashamed as a practicing buddhist for people like you. mario’s views to me are very true. i dont see any anger in mario’s comments at all. SJ’s article is very offensive to christians.

      Kumara Dandeniya
      January 25, 2014 at 10:42 am
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    Hi , As I told you, I don’t give hoots about any relegion. No time. Period.!!! you can take it or leave it. Now who ever called Buddha a lord is mistaken. Firstly, Buddha is not a lord & secondly Buddhism is not a faith or religion. it is a philosophy. I was born to a Buddhist family and my name is Maithri Mario De Silva & lives in US. I am not a christian at all. Two of my relatives are Buddhist monks, one was ordained by a prominent Monk in a Colombo temple, and the other was ordained as a monk from Kuliyapitiya. Now both have left the philosophy & married. How good is that… I was so sick of these religion subject & now I don’t have any time. Historically in the name of religion, people have done unprecedented evil to justify there so called religion is all perfect & all pure. This is why I mentioned very clearly that all religions have done cruelty to mankind. I hope you will understand my English. It is that I am not trying to defend any religion what so ever (Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hindu etc etc…it’s all) Please leave all these gods & philosophers aside. Now, I am not talking about what Gautama said & did not say… all I talk about the clarity of this article and its contents. This article is a politically correct slandering article towards an one specific faith. a person criticize one religion to show another philosophy’s short comings. What Shyoman did was, He wanted to highlight the Buddhist problems & how bad it is, since he was a Buddhist & wants to keep his Buddhist good name amongst his Buddhist clan, he slandered Christianity & used it as a shield. This is good for lunatics. From the time Buddhism came to sri lanka, what have we achieved??? we dam well killed, massacred, made people’s lives miserable. Can any Buddhist deny this.??? when the monks do some shit, they say respect the saffron robe. what the heck respecting the saffron robe if the wearer is committing adultery, murder, business, politics, drugs, child abuse, porn etc. I think the best is if we need to respect the saffron robe so much, then we have to buy the saffron robe from the shop & keep it in our house & worship it. I think this will give more respect justice to it. Anyhow, It’s high time we as Buddhist must except the problems we have caused. The damage our monks have done to our fellow brethren. No other faith have destroyed temples for the past 100 years, I don’t think even the british, Dutch did it. But we Buddhist have done it & doing it right now. in our life time it is BUDDHIST , BUDDHIST MONKS & THE LTTE are the Only entities that have destroyed & harmed the religious places & people of certain faiths. I mean right now, in our very own life time. we should not be hypocrites. the world is not dumb. we sri lankans think the world is dumb & we are right in all we do & say. Finally, its good you both came out with your opinions, now you see even yourself calls me a Christian, & say Christian garbage. This proves my point. If a Christian sees this, surly he will get offended and it is offensive. This is what we do in sri lanka. If Shyoman did not bring up the Christianity into his article, this division not have happened. This is what I want emphasize. People should learn to respect others and there religions, languages, etc. I hope Shyoman will take this as a lesson & will not repeat this miserable monolithic apartheid stand when writing. In simple,if a man goes public in sri lanka & say few bad words about a Monk or Buddhism, then you will understand how peaceful this so called Monks & the philosophy…hehe, they will kill that person or will massacre him/her/child broad day light but I have seen christianity has been persecuted & insulted so much but no body get violent or misbehave. Example so many churches been burned todate in sri lanka,yet I did not see any christian preist or follower has been violent or retaliated. Its so commendable, All I saw in media was that, still these people say, they forgive. That is phenominal in any given way. Good for these people. I have so much respect for these people but not the Monks. I am not angry….hehehe I just enjoy arguing on this matter. I enjoy. Remember, We are all Sri Lankans. We have only one country and this is our home. Let we all live in peace & harmony. Thanks Guys.

    Mario De Silva
    January 25, 2014 at 1:17 am
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    Shyamon gave true facts relating to the corruption of popes and priests in the Middle Ages just to point out that the same depths of corruption can extend to the Buddhist monks who are now on the corruption path instigated by Rajapakses. But you got worked up because Christianity was crticised. That shows you up as a Catholic actionist. Now you are pretending that you don’t care about any relgion. Come on Mario! You know you have been trapped

    Reerie Yaka
    January 25, 2014 at 2:46 am
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      Religion is Opium for the stupid masses. That exactly is the reason that the Hindu kings created a buddha and at the same time the chinese copied it.

      Javi
      January 25, 2014 at 10:31 am
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        Javi, You are absolutly correct. Cannot sat better than this… welldone mate. Hope this rest above will have the brain to understand.

        Maithri Mario De Silva
        January 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm
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    Sharing an opinion with you radical Buddhist are a waste of time. you people are worst than of radical Muslims. Period. Now you will defend this & will justify you guys are correct.You ask this amongst your fellow Buddhist & all others in sir lanka who follow other faiths. Anyhow some of you as always missed what I tried to explain & assume I am Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, & a catholic actionist. Well then so be it. Now you take Rajapaksa’s into lime light. You proved to me that the monks can be even brought by laymen… Yanne koheda malle pol…. then Before Rajapaksa came, Who killed Bandaranayake???? Shyoman took Christianity, & you took rajapaksa now…Who care about Popes, catholics & their Corruption or their garbage. Shyoman article was about Monks & buddhism but as I said he writes 90% of christian garbage than of the topic he writes.you guys are jokers mate. You guys never except directly when u guys are wrong. You hypocrites. You still need to involve the 3rd party. This is the reason your monks have become whores. You who have this apartheid, monolithic, arrogant, inhumane attitude, Please wait & see the future… They will Kill more, cheat more, rape more, abuse children more, monks will fight against their own monks, lie more, hate more, live in jealousy more, cruelty more, cunning more,shrewd more,monks miss lead the innocent more & the hell on earth will be in sri lanka same as for the past thousands of years. May You all attain the bliss while killing, harassing, all other faiths in sri lanka. Same like Shyomans statement… ” I like Buddhist philosophy but not b/religion….So keep onn abusing, criticizing,hating & dig into next door neighbour’s garbage always to prove a point. Please dont change for the better. As Arumugan Thondaman said in 1983 Tamil massacre, The Buddhist ” Sunday Sill & Monday Kill”

    Mario De Silva
    January 25, 2014 at 9:02 am
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      I fully agree with you mario as a practising buddhist from Kandy. You have hit the nail spot on. Let any one say anything, I am with you. We buddhist are very good in concealing our faults & put it under the rug always to protect Monks & buddhism.

      Kumara Dandeniya
      January 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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    Mario you are accusing those opposed to your opinions as radicals and not listening to others. Are you not in the same boat? SJ explained to you very clearly why he dwelt with Christian corruption in the Middle Ages. Yet you don’t pay attention to what he says and continue with your charge. This is stupid. Only a bigoted Catholic like you can behave like this. Before you criticize others think whether you also are not guilty of the same charge. You people block information that stands against your stubborn views.

    Prem Vaidyaratne
    January 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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      Prem, then you join the band wageon with Monks & burn all worship places other than temples. arrogance of your reply shows how peaceful our system we preach. You called mario a bigoted catholic while he has mentioned clearly he’s an athiest, Still we insult other faiths. what kind of buddhist are we???? This is what Mario was saying. It takes only a fraction of moment to be cruel as a buddhist.

      Kumara Dandeniya
      January 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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    This writer called Mario is off the mark. He should be happy that SJ has not divulged the massive abuse of kids by the Church taking place today. The cases in Ireland are well known. Australia has set up a Royal Commission to investigate corruption in the church. The church authorities are covering up for sex abusers in their fold. All this is because clergy are not allowed to marry and live a natural life.SJ points out that pope Boniface introduced celibacy. Priest are human and they would like to express themselves sexually. When they cannot get married they go for boys

    Piyumi Welikala
    January 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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      it is all true factually. but it is not our problem. SJ’s article is about Monks & buddhism, So why on earth we drag other faith in this mess. Let them bury their own dead. let we bury our own.

      Kumara Dandeniya
      January 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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        Piyumi, Let us as buddhist clean up our own back yard without complaining the neighbours filth.

        Kumara Dandeniya
        January 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm
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    Kumara it takes also a fraction of time for a good Christian or good Mussalman to be a malignant evil. Haven’ t we seen this? As SJ says Religion has done more evil than good to humanity.

    Prem Vaidyaratne
    January 26, 2014 at 2:26 am
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      Prem, Now again you are out of track. Dont talk about other faith’s & religions. Stick to the heading of SJ’s article. Even mario said the same thing. Dont go to dig your neighbours garbage, when you have your own garbage to clean up. Furthermore, Its no SJ said that Religion has done more harm than good to humanity it was MARIO who said it. You as a buddhist read & reply to protect our faults. This is what’s the whole problem with our Monks & buddhist. Its absoluty insane for any one to say we have & we not doing evil in the name of Buddhism. Look at the Bikku (Monk) who burned him self up in my own back yard Kandy. SJ’s should not worry about other faith. He written the article by taking another religion and taking examples from another faith to show a minute fraction of the Evil the monks do. This is absolutly unacceptable. we have too many examples in our own ohiliosophy to explain our own faults. Come on fellows, grow up. Stop critizsing the world for our faults. Acceopt we have faile misarablly, Our Monks have failed, & reject accepting what is not said in our philosophy. Sj is creating unwarrented problems by writing this form of articles. We are already divided nation, by faith/cast/cereed/religion. So stop doing this type of things. What Mario said was Spot on. His statements was not anti religion at all. If editors like SJ’s writes more articles in this nature, its very unfair for other faiths. If any one wants to talk about christianity, then let the article be about christinity. Com’on grow up. Dont live in hate.

      Kumara Dandeniya
      January 26, 2014 at 9:52 am
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      Prem, The statement Religion has done more good than evil was made by Mario & not by SJ. Once again you are going out the topic. Dont take Christianity & Islam & other religions to prove a point. This wot Mario has said all along. Lets clean our back yard first Prem.

      Kumara Dandeniya
      January 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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      Prem, See here again you miss the point. Dont talk about others. Read SJ’s article. His heading is about monks but he talks more than half about another faith. Dont worry about a good bad Christian, Muslim or hindu etc. Worry about our Monks & our philisophy. Dont follow “Monday Sill & Sunday Kill” sentiments. Our Buddhist philosophy do not teach this. if you see a unholy christian, then you show & live by example with the philosophy you follow.

      Maithri Mario De Silva
      January 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm
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    Kumara, As a buddhist I fully agree with you. If we follow our beleifes honorablly, then we should not have any time to point the finger at any one. what we do now is, we are pointing our finger at the rest of the world & little we forget all other four fingers are pointing at us. Well said Kumara.

    Adithya Dharmasena
    January 26, 2014 at 9:56 am
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    HI guys, The statement Religion has done more good than evil was made by Mario & not by SJ. Once again you are going out the topic. Dont take Christianity & Islam & other religions to prove a point. This wot Mario has said all along. Lets clean our back yard first.

    Kumara Dandeniya
    January 26, 2014 at 11:41 am
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    Dear Mr. Kumara Dandeniya, Thank you very much indeed for understanding my opinion. All I wanted to highlight was Let us not bring the garbage of any other faith in trying to explain a specific faith. All I wanted say is if someone is criticizing Chatholism, let him/her criticize chatholism, if anybody wants to criticize Buddhism or Monks or highlight faults of a specific faith or philosophy, let that man/woman stick to the faith or philosophy that he/she talks about. if not it is very unethical. Know body should be an Einstein to understand this. This is the Ethical way of living. For example, inour life time, There was a massive Child abuse & sexual misconduct allegations was highlighted in Catholic church. Now this evil acts were without any argument the Catholics accepted in-fact they could not deny factually, But I have never seen any article that was written by Catholics to justify their case by taking or diluting any other religion. They kept the issue to themselves. Now can anybody say this is unethical or wrong???? This is the gentleman’s way of doing things as civilized human beings. With Monks & Buddhist, they always drag all garbage from all faiths to address their own garbage. This wrong. Shyoman did the same. To prove his point he dragged Chirstianity incident which happened 500BC. This is stupidity. This is irresponsible. As I always say We Sri Lankans are so good in poking our finger into Garbage of our neighbour rather than our own. We are very good in pointing our finger at the world forgetting the rest of the four fingers are pointing towards us.

    Maithri Mario De Silva
    January 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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      Correction Par: 2: NOBODY should be an Einstein to understand this. This is the Ethical way of living.

      Maithri Mario De Silva
      January 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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    Maithrie Mario. Now you have put in the name “Maitri’ before your previous name to suggest you are not a Roman Catholic. This tomfoolery won’t do. We all know you are trapped by giving an angry response to SJ mentioning about Christian corruption. It has been pointed out over and over again that the Christian priests were dragged in to show the depths to which priestly corruption can go. Buddhist should be warned of this. This is why that reference to Christian priests is absolutely relevant. This is why also that I felt disappointed that SJ did not mention the stinking sex corruption of the church today-how priests go after boys. When Mario is trapped he becomes a non-religious man- against all religion. If he is against religion why is he bothered about SJ describing Christian corruption in Christianity? Kumar is Mario

    Prem Vaidyaratne
    January 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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      Prem, You seems to be like Saththarakaraya. You even know my biological name. Are you in the right frame of mind mate? 1st you read SJ’a article, Then you please reply mate. Dont go out of the euation. If you the einstein & Siyalla Dath. Good for you.

      Maithri Mario De Silva
      January 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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        Prem, opps i forgeot to tell you my real name. I am POPE FRANCIS. are you happy now?…hahahahaha…!!!

        Maithri Mario De Silva
        January 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm
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      Well all I have to say is to you mate, Keep on doing what you guys do. Then sri lanka will be a peaceful heaven. Stinking Sex abuses been widely done by Monks too. So why dont you highlight that mate? If I am a religious man, or non religious man, ethiest is not the case. Even my name is Mithri, mario, david, gunadasa or not is not we are talking here mate. Do you undestand the language & the Topic we are talking here??? We are not talking about my religion or my name or me. We are talking about the contents of SJ’s article. you are “YANNE KOHEDA, MALLE POL”, Read SJ’s article well & see. You just run out of the point. its seems like you too are radical mate. You are more or less like SJ. I will not respond anymore to people like you as you seem not to understand what I say & my opinion. If you think you & SJ is right. Good for both of you. You are righ & SJ is right. You have the freedom to do it. Please keep on doing it. its not my problem mate. Keep taking, critisizing, abusing christianity & all other faiths. Tell christianity is evil too. its not my problem mate. As christianity, islam, hindu is not Sri Lanka’s majoirity. Keep digging neighbours garbage. Good for you mate. very good for you. You will see the future in Sri Lanka. its Simple as that.

      Maithri Mario De Silva
      January 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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      Well all I have to say is to you mate, Keep on doing what you guys do. Then sri lanka will be a peaceful heaven. Stinking Sex abuses been widely done by Monks too. So why dont you highlight that mate? If I am a religious man, or non religious man, ethiest is not the case. Even my name is Mithri, mario, david, gunadasa or not is not we are talking here mate. Do you undestand the language & the Topic we are talking here??? We are not talking about my religion or my name or me. We are talking about the contents of SJ’s article. you are “YANNE KOHEDA, MALLE POL”, Read SJ’s article well & see. You just run out of the point. its seems like you too are radical mate. You are more or less like SJ. I will not respond anymore to people like you as you seem not to understand what I say & my opinion. If you think you & SJ is right. Good for both of you. You are righ & SJ is right. You have the freedom to do it. Please keep on doing it. its not my problem mate. Keep taking, critisizing, abusing christianity & all other faiths. Tell christianity is evil too. its not my problem mate. As christianity, islam, hindu is not Sri Lanka’s majoirity. Keep digging neighbours garbage. Good for you mate. very good for you. You will see the future in Sri Lanka. its Simple as that.

      Maithri Mario De Silva
      January 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    Kumar is Mario, Mario is POPE FRANCIS. one server can be used by many people in the modern computer world.

    Maithri Mario De Silva
    January 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm
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    It is a sad fact that people beleives in religion. Statistically as I say always, religion has made more cruelty humanity than any other thing on earth. I only wish there were no relegion at all in the world. Atheisum is the best for all humanity in my view. so am I. Life is easier to live than following a faith, religion or a philosophy. May all people live in peace as one family.

    Maithri Mario De Silva
    January 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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    Hi Prem,Just as Mario says, You are Yanne koheda Malle Pol. Mario’s opinion is not about critisizing Buddhism. He had never critizied buddhism. it is very evident when you read his opinions. You better read SJ’s article very carefully. What he says is true. SJ’s should not even compare any faith other than the atrocities that is committed & committing by Monks (Buddhism). Please read below articles that was published on Colombo telegraph today. This is very wisely & professionally written. These two articles cover the faults & mistake of the specific philosophy/Buddhism (some may call religion). Please don’t insult any faith. It’s so funny, You are much interested his name, faith,gender etc etc. Why dont you focus your comments to the point. in this case the article. Dont become a laughing stock. Now h had replied with his correct name I suppose. So now you better address him as POPE FRANCIS. I think its not Mario is trapped, Its that you got trapped. 1). Betraying Buddhism And Undermining Sri Lanka By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “If they come with sword, we answer with sword. If they… January 26, 2014 (Colombo Teleg:) 2). Extremist Religion Is At Root Of 21st-Century Wars, Says Tony Blair (Religious Difference, Not Ideology, Will Fuel This Century’s Epic BattlesBy Tony Blair – The last weeks have seen a ghastly roll call of terror… January 26, 2014/ Colombo Teleg:) Betraying Buddhism And Undermining Sri Lanka By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “If they come with sword, we answer with sword. If they… January 26, 2014

    Adithya Dharmasena
    January 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm
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    Mario is mad Mario. He is like a moving target. The truth is he is a Catholic actionist who got annoyed when Christian corruption was revealed. I wish BBS gets hold of you and your like

    Prem Vaidyaratne
    January 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm
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      Now Prem, I rest my case. You are a radical Buddhist. You confirm what your Philosophy is. Its all about hate.

      Gautham
      January 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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        Hey Prem, Tell Your BBS I am POPE FRANCIS & I will be visiting sri lanka this year. Please visit me.

        Gautham
        January 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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      Prem, I think its not mario is mad. It is that you are mad. Remember Tsunami occured on a poya day. we are living in cursed land. 500years of Colonization, 30 years of was, then came the tsunami on poya day. So get away from hatered. What do you mean by saying “I WISH BBS GETS HOLD OF HIM”??? With this statement you lost your argument. You misarablly lost man. Go get a life or join the BBS your self & distroy our buddhism till it perishes.

      Yohan
      January 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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        Prem, I think its not mario is mad. It is that you are mad. Remember Tsunami occurred on a poya day. we are living in a cursed land. 500years of Colonization, 30 years of war, then came the tsunami on poya day. So get away from hatered. (Now dont blame the Colonist for Colonizing Sri lanka. It is us who bitrayed our country as buddhist). What do you mean by saying “I WISH BBS GETS HOLD OF HIM”??? With this statement you lost your argument. You miserabally lost man. Go get a life or join the BBS your self & destroy our buddhism till it perishes.

        Yohan
        January 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    I know Revd Gnanasara. He is a true patriot. He will finish off Catholics and the Muslims and bring back SL to pre-colonized society.You guys are Westernised worthless people. Mario is great for you but he is a coward who is a Catholic actionist. Trouble began when he objected to SJ when Christian corruption was revealed. SJ should have also mentioned how priests go for boys

    Prem Vaidyaratne
    January 27, 2014 at 3:21 am
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      Prem, Good for you. Good for Nanasaara. as yohan said, the next cursed will truly happened to Nanasaara & his band on a Poyaday. Keep this statement well in your mind. Every time christians were Harrosed, Nature it self replied the land & the people. This is statisticle. Keep doing you ignoranet, hateful bunch of serpents. You just lost ur argument man. you miserablly lost. Rst will loose too. a matter of time.

      Terrance Soysa
      January 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm
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        Prem, You will be consumed by your own hatered man. You proved the all thoes who read here its not any other faith follows hatered, it’s Buddhist like you are who follow hatered along with your BBS. The buddhism That I follow is not you & your Nanasaara philiosophy. You proved beyond any reasonable doubt the form of Hate base Philosophy the majority of buddist follow.

        Terrance Soysa
        January 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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      Mr.Stuip Prem, Monks goes for boys, girls, prostitutes & the hole bunch. You are a miserable looser. You are truly a lost case man.

      Terrance Soysa
      January 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm
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      Prem, Keep your self braised up, One fine day Buddhism will vanquish & disappear from Sri Lanka. It will be the buddhist will reject buddhism. I only hope YOU, BBS, RAVA BALA YAKSHAYAS will be alive to witness & be consumed in hate. Hallo Prem, Dont send this Pimpiyas like Nanasaara to visit, let thoes PIMPIYA’S visit me. My Address is, Temple House-Paiyya Gala. You are invited too. You dumbo, Monks are not Rev… Then are Ven. You fool dont use christian words.

      arun
      January 28, 2014 at 6:31 am
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      Prem, Firstly, let me tell you Prem, You are a very ignorant man as same as those Radicals in Buddhist & YOUR BBS NANASAARA’S. You have proved it in your replies. Secondly, you very well know that Buddhism is an imported philosophy as same as all other faiths & religions in Sri Lanka. You are a Pathological Liar & a hypocrite if you say no to this. Thirdly, Now the Buddhist & the Monks have forcefully & illegally claimed sri lanka belongs to Buddhist. It is surly not. As Buddhism was imported from India. it’s more or less came from India by force. During the time when Buddhism came into sri lanka it was “Yakshayas” & Nagayas were in sri lanka. I hope you know the history as per Mahawansaya. If not you better learn the history of Sri Lanka first. The Only difference is that Buddhist are the majority in Sri Lanka, Since there majority status they try to rule the country with an iron fist & dominated entire socio system(Sadly). This is absolutely unacceptable. This is treason. This is illegal. This is Unethical, this hypocrisy. Due to the fact the majority are Buddhist they by force taken fringe pampering benefits from the Tax payers, They forcefully taken legal right to be the prime religion of the country by law as the law’s are passed by majority Buddhist. Furthermore by constitution of sri lanka, it must give these unacceptable leverage to Buddhism & monks. Also to be the president of Sri Lanka the person MUST be a Buddhist by Law. This is absolutely racist. You use ALL PEOPLES TAX MONEY to maintain Buddhism in sri lanka & treat all other faith’s lesser value than of Buddhism. I think we should be grateful to other Religions & faiths for putting up with these forms of racism. This is absolute radical racism. You better accept rather arguing like a fool. They have been very patient with us. I think you should learn compassion from these as you have learned hatred from your philosophy as same as your BBS Nanasaara. I read the full article of SJ. It is very politically anti Christian. Surly 100% politically anti Christian. If you cannot understand this fact, either you cannot understand the language its written or You’re a man who would do any unethical deed to protect the monks & Buddhism. I think in this case you are both. The majority of Monks, the Buddhist are same like you. Finally you have accused Few people are Westernized Etc, Then one thing I will ask you, WHY THE HECK YOU READ THESE ARTICLES IN ENGLISH & WRITE IN ENGLISH???? ISN’T ENGLISH IS A WESTERN LANGUAGE.???? & SINHALA IS NOT A BUDDHIST LANGUAGE EITHER.

      arun
      January 28, 2014 at 8:25 am
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    Prem Oblix, Sj’s article header should have been “Our Buddhist Sanga Are sexually Exhausted” Instead “Our Buddhist Sanga Are Spiritually Exhausted” as most of these buggers are Ganja & Sex addicts factually. Morons like you cannot accept.

    arun
    January 28, 2014 at 6:35 am
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    i cant believe why people always involved with buddhism. if you study about yourself then you can see what is the truth of buddhism also telling about christianity and history about sanga you are not real buddhist seeker.the truth. if you want peas and your mind to keep calm just find out how to get relief from your problems .digging history and other thing is taking you more depress.all the time i read artical .i feel sory for them.

    siyani
    April 4, 2014 at 12:49 am
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